Party goers in Glasgow are being urged to plan-ahead this festive season to make sure they have a perfect end to a perfect night.
As hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to the city’s top quality bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants to celebrate the festive period to the full, Community Safety Glasgow’s Party Safe, Home Safe initiative encourages people to think ahead and organise your journey home in advance.
Glasgow’s bustling nightlife will be busier than ever as will buses, trains and demand for taxis.
Bailie Glenn Elder, Chair of the Safe Glasgow Group, is urging people to enjoy themselves throughout the party season but to stay safe.
He said: “As one of the largest cities in the UK, it’s of utmost importance to us that people not only enjoy themselves on a night out in Glasgow but they do so safely.
“Planning your journey home is also just as important. Demand for taxis and public transport is exceptionally high so it’s a good idea to know the time of your last bus or train.
“Alternatively, we have six Nitezones located around the city centre, where Home Safe Marshalls staff the taxi ranks and help keep the queues in order.
Bailie Elder added: “There are a number of Nitezones in the city centre and also in the West end and south side, operating extended hours during the festive period weekends.
“There will also be Volunteer Street Pastors, Police Officers and staff from Community Safety Glasgow out patrolling the city centre to offer help and assistance to anyone in need.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves throughout the party season, but to stay safe. And in a city which boasts 98 award-winning Best Bar None venues where staff and stewards are trained in customer safety, you know you’re in good hands.”
The city’s six Nitezones can be found at:
Albion Street (outside Café Gandolfi)
Byres Road (next to Hillhead Subway)
George Street (outside Millennium Hotel)
Gordon Street (outside Central Station)
Sauchiehall Street (adjacent to The Garage Nightclub)
Shawlands (Pollokshaws Road adjacent to The Butterfly and the Pig)
Nitezones operate from 11pm to 5am during the festive period weekends with the exception of Shawlands and Byres Road which both operate 11pm – 4am and 11pm – 3am respectively.
Glasgow Street Pastors operate a Safe Zone in the former St George’s Tron Church on a Friday and Saturday night during the festive period, where free assistance will also be available for more info see Glasgow Street Pastors
Glasgow Festive Safety campaign is a partnership involving Glasgow City Council’s Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Police Scotland, Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Street Pastors, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Network Rail, British Transport Police and Glasgow Taxis.